Student Health and Wellness Services


For some college students, choosing to abstain from alcohol is the best choice. However, if you choose to drink it is important to know some facts about drinking.

Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Low to moderate amounts of alcohol can produce feelings of relaxation, lowered inhibitions, and increased sociability. Larger amounts can cause dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, slow reflexes, impaired judgement and dehydration. Overdoses and drinking too much in one sitting can cause blackouts (having no memory of what took place), passing out, coma, and death.

A standard drink is defined as 12 oz. of beer at 5% alcohol, 5 oz. of wine around 12% alcohol, or 1.5 oz. of liquor at 40% alcohol.  Check out thins link to standard drink size (link to fact sheet)

Alcohol affects people differently and can affect the same person differently at different times. This depends on body weight, metabolism, tolerance, food in the stomach and other factors. Know your limits and pace yourself. A standard drink is metabolized out of your system in approximately 1.5 hours. To learn more facts about alcohol, including BAC and how to prevent alcohol poisoning, you can sign up for a student lead harm reduction course here (link).

It is important to know that alcohol has a high addiction potential and tolerance can develop quickly. Mixing alcohol with other substances including over the counter medications can be dangerous. If you would like to talk with a Health Educator about alcohol and other drugs you can email to make an appointment.

Less is More Tool Kit (pdf)

Less is More Fact Sheet (pdf)


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